Um… No. I actually got asked this question yesterday at the surgery center where my son had his tonsils and adenoids removed. This was middle son, age 3 ½. I’ve been asked this question before with every one of my children, but my question is why? Is it because I am a ferocious advocator for my children, because I ask a million questions before I allow various medical procedures to be done, because I get teary eyed watching them be taken off to said medical procedures, because I play with them, tell them I love them, hug them- what is it? What constitutes the behavior of an “only child mother?” I used to get really offended when someone asked this question. My assumption was that they were calling me over protective and a pain in the you know what because I had asked one too many questions or shown too much concern over something. Now, I just find it sad. Shouldn’t all children be treated like “only children?” Shouldn’t all children be treated with the same love, care and concern as an only child?
Now, I’ll be the first one to tell you that life as a mother to 3 children is no picnic. That’s an understatement really. There are times when I feel like running away. Just kidding! But there are days that get the best of me. That still doesn’t mean I love my children any less, and I certainly don’t love any one of them anymore than I love others. But I will always treat each of them as if they were my only child. I hope you do too.